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VP Pun congratulates Nepali football team

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KATHMANDU — Vice President Nanda Bahadur Pun on Monday congratulated the Nepali national football team players, officials and the National Sports Council for winning the Bangabandhu Gold Cup held in Bangladesh.

The Vice President sent separate letters to national team captain Biraj Maharjan, head coach Bal Gopal Maharjan and NSC Member Secretary Keshav Kumar Bista and congratulated them on the achievement.

He also wished for more achievments in the days ahead. “I am extremely happy and proud of the success of the Nepali football team in winning the title by defeating Bahrain with a huge margin of 3-0 in the final of the Bangabandhu Gold Cup,” VP Pun said.

“I would like to extend humble congratulations and wishes to all the players, team’s coaches and affiliated officials in this hour of happiness for enhancing country’s pride and helping in keeping the Nepali people’s head high,” he further added.

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Demand for legalizing same-sex marriage

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KATHMANDU- Stakeholders concerned have demanded a law related to same-sex marriage in the context when the Nepal’s constitution and laws have accepted the concept of marital equality.

At an interaction program held with media about the issue of gender identity and sexual orientation by an organization named Yubalaya here Sunday, the demand came as a prompt need of the time by the people concerned.

The complaint of homosexuals was that they were deprived of marriage by choice in the absence of the legalization of same-sex marriage which according to them is the deprivation of fundamental rights guaranteed by the constitution.

Blue Diamond Society Program Officer Anuj Peter said though the constitution has promised to make special provisions for protection, empowerment or development of gender and sexual minorities, such vows are yet to be executed in practice.

Peter, who identifies himself as a homosexual, shares that he has been legally denied to marry a man of his choice.

Yubalaya Chair Sabin Singh highlighted the need of support from media and civil society to address the issue of gender identity and sexual minorities regarding same-sex marriage law.

The participants of the program put their queries about marital equality, broader sexual education and safe abortion.

As told by the Society, to date, 30 countries across the world have legalized same-sex marriage and endorsed a law towards that end and the Netherlands was the first country to legalize it in the end of 2000.

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